Don Baldwin (1931-2007) former manager of the Couriers, passes on

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Don Baldwin, former Couriers Quartet founder and manager, died February 24, 2007 at his home in Florida. He was 75.

Donald Edward Baldwin was born Nov. 30, 1931 in Hamilton, Ohio, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. While he was stationed in Las Vegas during the Korean War he developed an appreciation for gospel music. When he enrolled at Central Bible Institute in 1954, then, he parlayed this musical avocation into his vocation. That year, Baldwin rallied several fellow students to form a gospel group — The Couriers Quartet. The Couriers went on to be one of the most successful gospel music groups in the late twentieth century. Significantly, The Couriers helped to shift gospel music from an emphasis on entertainment back toward ministry and evangelism. Don Baldwin — and the other men of The Couriers — were Assemblies of God boys who proceeded to impact an entire generation for Christ.

After leaving the Couriers in 1965, Don established “Baldwin Sound Productions,” a recording studio facility and the home of Hymntone Records. Many of the major gospel groups recorded there over the years. During the 1970s, he also served as an emcee of the National Quartet Convention. In 2002, Don became one of the very first inductees into the Pennsylvania Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was awarded the “Living Legend” award by the Grand Old Gospel Reunion.

A memorial service for Don Baldwin is scheduled at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Victory Church (Assembly of God), 1401 Griffin Road, Lakeland, Florida.

The Baldwin family authorized a memorial website, which includes articles and photographs.

The Couriers were featured in the cover story for the 2007 edition of Assemblies of God Heritage magazine. Read the article, written by leading gospel music historian Jim Goff, on the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center website.

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3 responses to “Don Baldwin (1931-2007) former manager of the Couriers, passes on

  1. Gina Rapovy

    I remember seeing the Couriers in the 1970s. Was there a member in the group in the mid 1970s named Dave who was killed in a car accident? Just curious.

  2. Kent K. Keene

    In 1963 or 64, I saw the Couriers in person at Bro. Strand’s Full Gospel Temple in Mpls. Minnesota where I was attending NCBC. Opening for the Couriers that night was a group called the Keystone quartet. Richard Sterban was the young 18 year old bass for that group and later went on to be with the Oak Ridge Boys. AT that time, The Couriers were like rock stars to everybody who was in to quartets. They were the coolest quartet going. I still love their music.

  3. John R. Shimko

    Oct. 10, 2010

    My wife and I just attended the 55th Aniversary Concert of the Couriers (10/9/10) at the Christian Life Assembly church in Camp Hill, PA. The guys, Dave, Duane and Neil are looking good and can still get you up out of your seat as they sing. People from all over the country and Canada were there and we all experienced the blessings of God.

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